New App Store games roundup

Preview-RavenswordIf you’re an iPhone or iPod Touch gamer, today is certainly a good day for new (gaming) content. First and foremost, Chillingo’s highly anticipate 3D Action/RPG Ravensword: The Fallen King is now available for download. With the App Store lacking in titles like Oblivion, Ravensword is hoping to fill the void with its RPG elements and massive open world. For fans of the castle defense genre, Gameloft have let loose the gorgeous Castle Frenzy, an snazzy looking defense game that could become another best seller. And of course, there is THQ’s Star Wars: Trench Run, a tilt based space combat sim that will have you reliving the the destruction of the death star from the original movie.

Be sure to out the entire list of new games after the gap!

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Android Games Roundup [8/30/20]

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So I would love to blame the gap between roundups on this nasty little pandemic that’s been circling the globe (if you’re reading this after the fact, assuming there is an after the fact, Google the time frame to see what I’m talking about), but thankfully it hasn’t impacted me for the most part. I just don’t seem to get around to spending much time on my phone these days. In fact, I’m pretty sure I started this one pretty much right after I finished the last one, because it has been months since I played the first game on the list. Oh, and there’s also the fact that I spent some time transitioning between phones, which meant either starting games over completely or figuring out how to get the save games to transfer between devices. Incidentally, if you happen to be a developer reading this, take advantage of available services to make data transition seamless. I was amazed at how many games still don’t provide a decent way to start a game on one device and continue it on another. I don’t even care if it’s cross-OS, but it should at least be easily doable for the end user between devices on the same app store. There’s my quick soapbox for the day. Now on to what you actually came here for which is to read about the latest set of games that I have been playing. Continue reading…

Android Games Roundup [3/20/20]

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So there may be a few more of you than normal looking for something to play right now (if nothing immediately clicks, look up the post’s date to see what I might be referring to), and hopefully you’ll find something in this list to keep you occupied for a while.  For the most part the games this time around get an thumbs up from me, and actually I was fairly impressed with most of them.  Framed 2 was not only a delightful and challenging puzzle game, but I got to try it out “free” courtesy of Google’s Play Pass (the Android pseudo-equivalent of Apple Arcade).  The real standout for me this time around, however, was Dadish.  Not only is the game incredibly fun to play, but it looks great and is quite humorous to boot.  Fans of platform games shouldn’t even question picking this one up.  And as always there are a few other options as well.
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Android Games Roundup [12/12/19]

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Welcome to the latest edition of “games Eric FINALLY got around to playing”.  In a twist that no one saw coming, however, everything this time around was released this year, and most of them even came out this quarter!  The most pleasant surprise was a short but sweet 2D runner that’s as much PSA as video game.  There was also a cool arena shooter and an interesting hidden object game.  I threw a few other things in there as well just to mix things up a bit.  Hope you enjoy and find something new to play for the upcoming holiday season.
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Android Games Roundup [11/5/19]

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Welcome to the Halloween edition of my Android roundup!  Okay, I know what you’re thinking.  “Doesn’t the author realize it is November?”  Then you’re going to scroll down and take a look at the selection of games and think “hey, these aren’t even scary!”  You got me on both counts.  Sadly I barely have time these days to round up my roundup, let alone do a special one for the holidays.  I was really hoping to at least get this one posted by Halloween, though, so I could have had a roundup in October.  Unfortunately, the site was down for a few days so that didn’t happen.  But, the site’s back up now, the roundup is here, and you finally get to read about Gems Of War, a game that came out a long time ago but that I just finally got introduced to, and that continues to suck up most of my available game time each night.  Oh, and there are a few other things in this roundup as well.
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Android Games Roundup [9/8/19]

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It’s once again time for me to impart some biased thoughts on several Android game releases.  Biased because they are mine, not because anyone influenced me to share as I did.  The most pleasant surprise this roundup was Total Party Kill a puzzle game with RPG style characters that in theory requires you to kill at least one party member to solve each level.  One of the achievements says otherwise, but I have as yet to win that one.  The biggest disappointment was Pokemon Rumble Rush, which really felt like nothing more than another attempt at capitalizing on a popular franchise to sell a sub-par game.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Pokemon Masters ends up being a much more entertaining game.
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Android Games Roundup [7/31/19]

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I was hoping to get this roundup out in July, and it looks like I’ll be sneaking it in right under the wire. This time around I actually dug up a unique spin on the idea of trying to keep a balloon from popping, and I also found a cool one tap platformer that might just remind you of a certain fedora wearing history teacher. I covered a game that I originally reviewed on the iOS side as well, because I ran across it again and it turns out that it is still worth talking about. There’s a fun puzzle game, a surprisingly entertaining game featuring fancy purses, and then of course there were a couple of games that weren’t quite so worthwhile. Through it all, hopefully you’ll read about something that seems worth your time.
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Android Games Roundup [6/29/19]

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I’m back with another round of Android gaming goodness (and not so good-ness), and I made it just under the wire for a June release.  I apologize for the heavy leaning towards matching style games, but just consider it a match 3 debate (because those of us in the U.S. won’t have enough of those over the next year+).  I did get the chance to play a cool little platformer from a few years back that I didn’t know existed, and I also found another infinite runner that managed to keep me entertained for more than a few minutes.  On the flips side, half the matching games I checked out didn’t match my requirements for fun, and a couple of the other games couldn’t bring themselves to rise about the mire that increasingly clogs the app warehouse we call the Google Play Store.  Hopefully you’ll find a couple titles to enjoy, a few to stay away from, and most importantly if you’re in the summer months right now, something to do to keep you away from the heat. Continue reading…

Android Games Roundup [4/1/19]

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Welcome back to the latest edition of “games you probably played a year ago!”  Actually, if my sources are correct at least a couple of these games came out fairly recently, relatively speaking, which brings us to the newest feature of my Android roundup.  Like I used to do with my iOS roundups, I am now including the date each game was released on Google Play.  For some strange reason Google doesn’t make this information easy to spot, but after some annoying Google searching and a couple of failed attempts to use “free” Google Play app detail sites that wanted me to explain my needs or actually pay for basic info, I finally found the details I needed in the on-device version of the Play store.  Oh, and I actually have some thoughts on the games themselves as well!  Read on, and as always may you find something to increase your game collection in a positive way.
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Android Games Roundup [2/11/19]

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When I switched over to writing about Android games I decided that I wanted my roundups to include both games I liked and didn’t like. After all, with as many games as I go through in a week there are always bound to be some that fall into the latter category. Still, each edition has tended to drift towards the games I would recommend, as it’s much easier just to delete a game I don’t like rather than write about it. I tried to make up for it with this roundup, however. Be that as it may, I still found a few gems, including the great casual puzzle game Mimpi Dreams, and the surprisingly entertaining causal RPG Looney Tunes World Of Mayhem. So hopefully there’s still something in this list you can find to enjoy, and maybe a few things that you’ll know to stay away from.
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